Claire Wiltsher is a professional Landscape painter working from her studio gallery in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest.
Claire's paintings capture the different weather and mood of land and sea. She states that "total recognition inhibits the imagination". She has a Masters degree in Fine Art, and has exhibited in solo shows throughout Britain, as well as having been a finalist in many competitions. She studied at Lancashire University as a mature student (1986-89). In 1988, she was a finalist in the Reader's Digest young illustrators competition and had already secured exhibitions before finishing her degree. The art critic Edward-Lucie Smith chose her work to be exhibited at Olympia at an International Fair. Most of the work was sold, allowing her to embark upon a new journey travelling to Indonesia.
Claire Wiltshire's oil and mixed media canvases combine layers of paint with fragments of collage. She scratches through sections of the painting to allow colours from underneath to emerge. “I want to create evocative paintings of land and sea that show a sense of place; different weather conditions are key elements”. Claire uses brushes and different size palette knives to build up layers and create depth. Paint is also flicked or carefully thrown on selected areas, evidence of this can be found all over her studio floor.
The majority of Claire's canvases are square which she feels is important in creating a balance and harmony in her paintings. The work has ambiguous elements whilst maintaining strong structural compositions. She feels that “total recognition inhibits the imagination”. The outdoors, walking, and travelling, are the main inspirations for Claire's work. Poems often accompany Claire's work and can help communicate specific ideas. Claire Wiltshire has also written a book called 'Journeys.' Poems often accompany Claire's work and can help communicate specific ideas.
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